JEREMY DENK: BOOK & CD
Pianist Jeremy Denk’s wonderful and heartfelt memoir, EVERY GOOD BOY DOES FINE: A Love Story, in Music Lessons (Penguin, $28), arrives next Tuesday, February 22. The memoir focuses on the many teachers throughout his life, most significantly, György Sebók, at Indidana University. Highly recommended reading.
Listen to Jeremy Denk’s latest CD, MOZART: PIANO CONCERTOS (Nonesuch, $16.98).
Mr. Denk plays Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C Major, K. 503, and No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466— joined by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra—bookending the composer's solo Rondo in A Minor, K. 511.
Théotime Langlois de Swarte, VIOLIN CONCERTOS: LECLAIR VIVALDI & LOCATELLI (Harmonia Mundi, $19.98) – Violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte released one of the most enjoyable albums of 2021, Proust, Le Concert Retrouvé. He returns with the ensemble, Les Ombres, to focus on Vivaldi, the father of the violin concerto, and two of his younger contemporaries, Jean-Marie Leclair (1697 – 1764) and Pietro Locatelli (1695 – 1764).
Marianne Faithfull, THE MONTREUX YEARS (BMG, $16.98) – Some great live performances by Ms. Faithfull from the Montreux Jazz Festival between the years 1995 and 2009. Highlights include “Broken English,” “Madame George,” “Why D’ya Do It,” “Strange Weather,” and “Times Square.”
Hurray for the Riff Raff, LIFE ON EARTH (Nonesuch, $15.98) – Alynda Segarra (aka Hurray for the Riff Raff) brings “eleven new ‘nature punk’ tracks on the theme of survival are music for a world in flux.”
NOTE: Hurray for the Riff Raff will play Union Stage at the Wharf on Sunday, April 17.
John Mellencamp, STRICTLY A ONE-EYED JACK (Republic, $15.98) – Observations from Mellencamp, including three collaborations with Bruce Springsteen.
BESSIE SMITH CLASS
On Sunday, February 27, P&P is offering a new session taught by poet, archivist, and DJ Reuben Jackson entitled Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: A Celebration of Bessie Smith.
Listen to Bessie Smith (1894 – 1937) on THE ANTHOLOGY (Not Now UK, 2 CDs, $13.98), containing 48 songs by the “Empress of the Blues.”
NOTE: You can also listen to Reuben on WPFW-FM, Sundays at 4 p.m., alternating with Larry Appelbaum on “The Sound of Surprise.”
To order CDs, for questions and suggestions, special orders, or to join the CD/Book of the Month Program, please email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org